Hello My dear, dear readers.
I have some of the most exciting news to share with you all, I can hardly believe it 🙂 I have a huge smile from ear to ear. I keep thinking it must be a mistake. Its a moment when words fail you and you just have to say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Ok lets start at the beginning before I get to carried away, so many years ago I started my book ‘A Piece of Cake’, even before I began blogging. It was something I felt I had to do in my life. So I began one recipe at a time -one step at a time, keeping very quiet and not telling anyone really about it, just incase I was wasting my time and it never saw the light of day. I just kept plodding away on it. After a year and a half of testing, writing, styling and shooting, I lay the book out and sent it off to some publishers.
With the help of Random House NZ I was able to publish it, they took on the distribution in New Zealand, while I am distributing over here in Australia. It has been going very well and I have got it into a lot of stores, who have all received it very well. And I owe each and everyone of them a huge, huge thank you for helping realise my dream. As well as a huge thank you to everyone who has brought one this far. I still have a long way to go, but dreams aren’t meant to be easy are they?
So…… about 6 months ago I sent three books off to Spain to enter one of the biggest cook book awards in the world, The Gourmand World Cookbook award. I just have received an email which said
Congratulations!!! You are the winner for the Best Pastry Cookbook in New Zealand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can you believe it? Well I couldn’t, still can’t. My friend said to me you realise your an award winning author, ahhh how cool is that!! I have an award winning book. That is the coolest thing ever!!! An award winning book!!!!!!!
When I started I never even thought it would be published let alone win an award. Its amazing how things in life happen, you just have to keep plodding away with what you love. I’m so glad I never gave up even when I was thrown curve balls and could have done something easier. I really feel like its been worth all the work I put into both making it and now distributing it. I still have lots of work to do, but hopefully this award makes it a little easier to get my book out there.
So what happens next, now my little book, yes my book! Will go up against some amazing books who took out the same prize from their different countries to compete to win The Gourmand Best in the World. This is announced in Yantai, China, in June, so please keep your fingers, toes and anything else you can cross for me.
Now on to this cake, I have been saving this cake for the perfect moment and I think I found it!!! Don’t you? It’s kind of fitting as this was a second option I was toying with to use as the cover for my book. Yes thats how long I’ve been holding on to this recipe for 🙂 I hope you enjoy it xxxx
Oh and if you would like to get a copy of my award winning book 🙂 you can buy it from me, right here.
Happy baking xxxx
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups plain flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ cup oil
- 1 cup hot coffee
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 200g butter
- 500g dark chocolate
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Sift the cocoa, baking powder, flour and baking soda together, then stir through the sugar. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, coffee, eggs, milk and vanilla essence. Add to the dry ingredients, and stir until combined. This mixture will be quite runny. Pour into a lined solid 20cm round cake tin that the mixture won’t leak out of. Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked.
- To make the icing, place all of the ingredients into a saucepan and heat until the butter and chocolate have melted. Set the mixture to the side to thicken for two hours. Whisk it a couple of times during this time. Ice when the cake has cooled.